After several days of empty Halloween shelves, Target finally started stocking Halloween merchandise. I wanted to take pictures of everything. But the employees were falling over me as I got down onthe floor to get close-ups of the Cat Skeleton. So I decided to split these pictures into 2 parts. I’ll post more after the shelves are fully stocked (and I’m not tripping Target employees). So here we go….
Took a quick jaunt to our local Target store to see if any of the Halloween merchandise was up (it wasn’t). So I meandered next door to browse through Dollar Tree. Last time I was there, they only had a few items, but they are fully stocked now. Here’s a grave full of pictures for you:
We’ve been lucky to have very little vandalism of our Halloween yard over the years. I’ve seen signs in other yards that are pretty severe (Did you know that in Texas, you are allowed to shoot intruders in defense of property?)
However, I prefer humor:
I found some neat faux book boxes at a Michaels Arts and Crafts store, while looking for Halloween items. I immediately knew I had to try out Dave Lowe’e Creepy Book treatment on one. I like the end result on the test run:
Next in line to stock the shelves with Halloween goodies is Big Lots. I was shopping for something else so I snapped a few quick pictures.
The most interesting item was the life-sized glow-in-the dark skeleton for $49.99
The local Michaels arts-and-crafts stores have been slowly stocking their shelves with Halloween. Also, they have some deep discounts on their spring and summer merchandise. Some of these can be used for Halloween too!
First, the Halloween goodies!
The Lemaxx Spooky Town displays have a bit of a canival-like atmosphere this year. I took some pictures below.
There are lots of elegant decorations with variations on the skull theme this year…
…and other stuff (please forgive the occasional blurry picture)…
The changing portraits were sufficiently creepy
Check out this video for the full effect
I also saw a good selection of bisque ceramics. You’d need access to a kiln to glaze and finish these. There are craft locations that will do that for you (Like Art and Soul in the Plano TX area)
The stores are also deeply discounting spring items. One thing that caught my eye was the decorative boxes.
I especially like the boxes in the background that look like books. These are just crying out to be altered into some creepy Necronomicon or other spooky book (with a secret hiding place inside for your spell-making ingredients!). Check out Dave Lowe’s blog for ideas on how to make these into a faux leather creepy book. Even the regular boxes could be turned into a vampire killing kit, like this one in a video from Shadow of Palms.
ScreaminScott says “dig it up!”
Garden Ridge (now rebranding as ‘At Home’) has their Halloween stuff out! My son David and I took a look. David decided to make a video of some of the items we looked at. Take a look yourself!
The selection is very good this year. If you have a store near you, I recommend you check it out!